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Michigan Tech sets grid slate

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech has six home football games on its 2017 schedule, including its season-opener Aug. 31 against Truman State. Tech also hosts Grand Valley State (Sept. 16), Northern Michigan (Sept. 30), Wayne State (Oct. 21), Davenport (Oct. 28) and Ferris State (Nov. 11). The annual ...

Prep schedule

Tonight’s games Boys’ basketball State quarterfinals Class C At Petoskey Negaunee vs. Manton, 7 Class D At Sault Ste. Marie North Central vs. Hillman, 7

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Michigan’s D.J. Wilson (5) and teammate Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12) celebrate as Louisville’s Ray Spalding (13) walks past following the Wolverine’s 73-69 upset win Sunday in Indianapolis.

Sweet 16 for Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Moe Wagner gritted his teeth, pumped his fist and stuck out his mouthpiece to the crowd’s delight Sunday. A few minutes later, the tough German took a couple more bows — first on the baseline in front of Michigan’s bench, then with the rest of his teammates near ...

Hillman, Jets set to collide

POWERS — North Central sits at the top of the mountain in Class D boys’ basketball as the defending two-time state champion. The Jets (25-0) are ranked No. 1 and hope to keep their dream season alive in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. Class D state quarterfinal game against Hillman (24-1) at Sault Ste. ...

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Michigan State guard Miles Bridges (22) attempts a 3-pointer over Kansas’ Josh Jackson (11) Sunday. The friends from Michigan competed intensely all game — Bridges scored 22 points, but Jackson had 23 points in the Jayhawks’ victory in Tulsa, Okla.

Jackson-led Kansas sinks Spartans in second half

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Everything about Josh Jackson’s demeanor screamed this game was personal, from the back-and-forth chirping with childhood friend Miles Bridges to his emphatic late-game dunk and celebration. Playing against the school he grew up cheering for, Jackson channeled that ...

Teams announced for 10th annual U.P. All-Star Game

MARQUETTE — There will be a new twist to this year’s Upper Peninsula All-Star Football game as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. For the first time, players were drafted for both teams as their respective coaches had plenty of notes, lists and spreadsheets on all the players they wanted ...

Gold Medal tourney

HERMANSVILLE — Entry deadline is Saturday for the Gold Medal Basketball tournament, which is set for March 30-April 9 at the Hermansville Community gym. Daggett Kakuk Construction is entered for the 59th straight year. Junior high teams are encouraged to enter. For details contact Ray Bray ...

Prep scores

SATURDAY Girls’ basketball State Finals Class A Flushing 49, East Kentwood 38 Class B Detroit Country Day 59, Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory 48 Class C Detroit Edison(DEPSA) 46, Pewamo-Westphalia 44 Class D Pittsford 71, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 31

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Alexis St. Cyr, right, studies the action at a recent Gladstone girls’ basketball game. St. Cyr, a standout prep player at Gladstone, has overcome some adversity and given the Braves a boost as an assistant coach.

Making a difference

ESCANABA — An asthma affliction ended her playing career, but it has not kept Alexis St. Cyr off the hardwood. The former Gladstone High School All-U.P. cager spent this season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Braves. Her playing career ended three months into her freshman season at ...

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North Central’s Bobby Kleiman looks to pass against Forest park earlier this season. Kleiman and the Jets are eying another state championship run next week.

Bobby and friends

POWERS - On basketball game nights for the North Central Jets, Bobby Kleiman stands at attention. It’s a time for reflection before Kleiman puts his game face on for competition. “When the national anthem comes on, and they play The Star-Spangled Banner, I actually always put one foot on ...

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Wisconsin guard Khalil Iverson (21) scores on a dunk against Virginia Tech Thursday.

Let The Big Dance begin

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bronson Koenig made a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points and Nigel Hayes added 16 as NCAA Tournament-tested Wisconsin advanced in the East Region with an 84-74 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. The eighth-seeded Badgers (26-9) made all the ...

Coach Beaman moves on from Manistique football

MANISTIQUE — With numbers remaining low in Manistique’s football program, coach Dennis Beaman decided it was time to move on. Beaman, who stepped down from the head coaching position at Manistique Feb. 28, will become an assistant special teams coordinator at Northern Michigan University ...

MSU hopes to avoid another early NCAA exit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo would like to use last year’s shocking NCAA Tournament loss as a teaching tool for this year’s tournament team. The problem is, the longtime Spartans coach isn’t so sure how well this year’s largely overhauled and injury-riddled ...

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Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) is fouled as he shoots by Oklahoma State forward Leyton Hammonds (23) during a first-round game in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis Friday.

Michigan survives

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday. He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place. Again. Walton scored 26 points and had 11 assists as the Wolverines made a school record 16 ...

Miami vs. MSU

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — No. 8 seed Miami (21-11) vs. No. 9 seed Michigan State (19-14) First Round, Midwest Region; Tulsa, Okla.; 9:20 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Michigan State is making its 20th straight NCAA Tournament appearance one year after losing in the first round as No. 2 seed. The ...

Tigers’ Fulmer ready for season

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer said his injured right ankle that cost him a start for the Detroit Tigers earlier this month is 100 percent and that he’s on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. Fulmer, making his second start since spraining the ...

UM vs. OSU

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 7 seed Michigan (24-11) vs. No. 10 seed Oklahoma State (20-12) First round, Midwest region; Indianapolis, 12:15 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Michigan will use the momentum from its five-game winning streak to advance. Oklahoma State has lost three in a row and is trying ...

Hannahville pair named All-NLL

KINROSS — Mackinac Island senior Christian Styburski averaged nearly a triple-double throughout this season and was rewarded for his efforts in balloting by the Northern Lights League boys’ basketball coaches. Styburski averaged 13 points, 11 rebouds and eight blocked shots a game, leading ...

NCAA column: All is not well among big schools

By Tim Dahlberg Associated Press The University of Louisville sat out last year’s NCAA Tournament as part of a sacrifice offered to the NCAA for hiring female escorts to party with basketball recruits. The Cardinals are back this year, with a nice No. 2 seeding to boot. Rick Pitino will ...

Carney cage league

CARNEY — Mike Polfus scored 24 points and Keenan Lampinen added 19 as Juice Promotions topped Fully Charged 84-77 in the Mid County Men’s Basketball League. Brian Bell tallied 20 points and Ben Thompson collected 16 for Fully Charged. In Game 2, Yooper Designs defeated Brock Farms 76-62 ...